While the bot was intended to mimic the interactions of millennials, it seemed that Microsoft’s team had failed to foresee one thing: some people can be awful

On the face of it, it must have seemed like a great idea in Microsoft’s labs: build an artificial intelligence (AI) bot and let it learn from the publ(...)

Twitter 140-character constraint. Photograph: Getty Images

Nothing gets people on Twitter quite as reliably exercised as changes made to how Twitter works. And this week, news of a big change broke – according(...)

Twitter previously acknowledged suspending as many as 2,000 Islamic State-linked accounts per week in recent months. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The Twitter network violations department has suspended approximately 10,000 accounts “for tweeting violent threats”, according to a representative fo(...)

‘We assumed that people on Twitter had little time and they retweeted the most recent thing they saw, and we didn’t need to assume that some people have more followers’

How does a meme, or idea, spread on Twitter? Researchers at the University of Limerick used a mathematical model to look at how information gets retwe(...)

 Isabella Sorley and John Nimmo who were jailed for subjecting Caroline Criado-Perez to online abuse following a campaign to ensure a woman featured on British bank notes. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA

Feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez said she had been through a “terrifying and scarring” experience, after a man and a woman were jailed for se(...)